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Marianne (Smead) Savarda
May 20, 1948 ~ June 8, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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On June 8, 2023 Marianne Smead Savarda, 75, a loving and wonderful wife and mother and talented
professional passed away quietly in the company of her husband, son, daughter-in-law and daughter
after a short battle with cancer. Although a devastating loss for our family, we find joy and comfort in
knowing she has now reunited with her first son Steven. Marianne was born in Painesville, Ohio on May
20, 1948. She was the third child of David and Ruth Smead. As a child, she greatly enjoyed life in the
country at her home in Leroy, Ohio with her dogs, cats and horses. After graduating from Riverside High
School where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen, she attended Ohio University for her
undergraduate studies graduating with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. On January 16, 1971
she married Air Force Lieutenant Jim Savarda and began a 25 year military adventure which included
raising three beautiful and talented children, multiple moves, a myriad of social events, chauffeuring
children to sports games and a professional life worthy of envy. She began as a Speech and Hearing
Therapist in an elementary school in Plattsburgh, NY, branched out to sell real estate in Washington D.C.
and California and after receiving a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska,
Omaha she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and established her own practice in Colorado
Springs specializing in Perinatal and Postpartum Depression. Marianne was extremely well respected in
the medical community, and loved and adored by family and friends. Marianne loved the outdoors,
hiking and Colorado Rockies baseball. She had a bright and playful personality that made being in her
company a joy. She was a most compassionate soul. Marianne was preceded in death by her first son,
Steven. She is survived by her brothers David and Dan Smead, her husband Brigadier General (ret) Jim,
son Scott and wife Morgan, daughter Brooke Lewis and husband Scott, granddaughter Sianna Savarda
and grandsons Soren Savarda and Cameron and Evan Lewis. A Celebration of Life event will take place at
Secret Window in Monument, CO from two o’clock to four o’clock on July 16, 2023. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.